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Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary Begins With Restoration Of ‘MISSING’ Original 4×4

  • Land Rover will celebrate its 70th anniversary year throughout 2018, starting with a unique restoration project: the original launch Land Rover
  • The first Land Rovers were shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show; this original launch vehicle has been missing for the last 63 years
  • Recently discovered, it’s the world’s most historically significant unrestored Land Rover
  • Experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry will preserve the history and sympathetically restore the famous vehicle in 2018
  • Watch the launch Land Rover arrive at Classic Works here: https://youtu.be/ajKeo6hldOs

Land Rover will mark its 70th anniversary with a series of events and celebrations in 2018, beginning with the restoration of the vehicle that started it all – one of the three pre-production Land Rovers shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch. This gave the world its first glimpse of the shape that would become instantly recognisable as a Land Rover.

For years the whereabouts of this launch Land Rover was a mystery. The demonstration vehicle from the Amsterdam show was last on the road in the 1960s, after which it spent 20 years in a Welsh field before being bought as a restoration project; it then lay languishing unfinished in a garden. Following its surprise discovery just a few miles outside of Solihull, UK – where the car was first built – the experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic spent months researching in company archives to unravel its ownership history and confirm its provenance.

The team behind the successful Land Rover Series I Reborn programme, which allows customers to own a slice of Land Rover history with meticulously restored Series Is, will now embark on their most challenging project yet: a year-long mission to preserve this historically significant prototype and enable it to be driven again.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “This Land Rover is an irreplaceable piece of world automotive history and is as historically important as ‘Huey’, the first pre-production Land Rover. Beginning its sympathetic restoration here at Classic Works, where we can ensure it’s put back together precisely as it’s meant to be, is a fitting way to start Land Rover’s 70th anniversary year.

“There is something charming about the fact that exactly 70 years ago this vehicle would have been undergoing its final adjustments before being prepared for the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch – where the world first saw the shape that’s now immediately recognised as a Land Rover.”

The Jaguar Land Rover Classic team will follow a dedicated process to restore the launch vehicle, which has a lot of special features that are unique to the 48 pre-production Land Rovers that were produced prior to the mass production vehicles, such as thicker aluminium alloy body panels, a galvanised chassis and a removable rear tub. The patina of its components will be preserved, including the original Light Green paint applied in 1948.

Previous owners of this historic vehicle are being invited to Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic Works facility to share their experiences and to witness its loving restoration.

This landmark project, representing the earliest beginnings of the Land Rover story – which led to more than 67 years of continuous production of iconic Series I to Defender vehicles at Solihull – is the first in a series of stories and events that will celebrate the past, present and future of Land Rover throughout 2018. Follow the story on Instagram @LandRover.

About Land Rover
Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world’s SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts worldwide.
All enquiries from prospective Jaguar Land Rover Classic customers should be directed to: info@classic.jaguar.co.uk or info@classic.landrover.co.uk / +44 (0) 203 601 1255
www.landrover.com/explore-land-rover/reborn.html

About the Original Land Rover: Timeline-

  1. 1948 – Built with LHD and listed as Experimental on the logbook and record of sale
  2. 1948 – Upgraded with new production parts by Engine Department, converted to current RHD setup
  3. 1955 – First registered on 25 June 1955 with registration SNX 910
  4. 1961 – Sold to a new owner in Handsworth
  5. 1965 – Moved to Sutton Coldfield
  6. 1967 – Moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon
  7. 1968 – Moved to Alvechurch, Worcestershire
  8. 1968 – Used in Wales as a static power source
  9. 1988 – Engine seized – the Land Rover was sold to a new owner in Birmingham, UK
  10. 2016 – Spotted in a garden, destined for a restoration which never began

“UNBREAKABLE” HILUX GETS EVEN STRONGER

Australia’s best-selling vehicle, Toyota HiLux, will ramp up its strength, capability and attitude to even greater levels with the introduction of a trio of new models during the second quarter of this year.

The three dramatically styled new 4×4 variants – the HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X – will extend the “unbreakable” reputation of HiLux with features that boost off-road protection, recovery and functionality.

Topping the new line-up of halo HiLux models, the Rugged X is primed for adventure with its daring design incorporating a high-tensile alloy bash plate and a winch-compatible hoopless steel bull bar – both of which are compatible with the vehicle’s airbags and other safety systems.

Rugged X goes beyond the top-of-the-range SR5 with a new black grille with a bold interlocking honeycomb design and gloss-black surround. It is also equipped with a snorkel, LED driving lights, high-strength front and rear recovery points, rock rails, a load-carrying sports bar and other heavy-duty components.

HiLux Rogue, which will also sit above the SR5, offers a premium vehicle that features a bold, aggressive image and wider appearance created by its hexagonal upper grille, fresh front bumper and heavily revised fog lamps.

The third new model, Rugged, provides off-roading enthusiasts with a vehicle that is ready for action. It features a functional yet aggressive front-end design, including a premium steel bull bar.

Toyota Australia’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new models will add a bold, aspirational attitude to the quintessential HiLux attributes of being tough, strong and unbreakable.

“HiLux buyers increasingly demand additional features – in fact, they spend more on accessories than any other vehicle in our range,” Mr Hanley said.

“These new vehicles will enable them to make a statement with advanced toughness, added capability, practical comfort, first-class safety and the in-built strength that makes HiLux the indisputable No. 1,” he said.

“HiLux Rugged X is a no-compromise vehicle for those seeking adventure with a robust and capable vehicle that makes the ultimate statement: work hard, play harder.

“HiLux Rogue is for people who want refinement and capability, enabling them to go for weekend adventures and do it in style.

“HiLux Rugged is about toughness and off-road performance – an ideal vehicle for getting off the beaten track.”

Mr Hanley said all new components will be fully integrated with the vehicle, certified to Australian Design Rules to be fully homologated and attract full warranty coverage.

He said they had been developed to Toyota’s rigorous and renowned vehicle standards and were optimised for performance, durability and mass.

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel joins Mazda Australia family

Mazda Australia is thrilled to confirm the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will join the family, arriving on Aussie shores in the second half of 2018.

The stylish new three row, seven seat SUV offers the spacious versatility of a large car, with smaller dimensions that won’t compromise on cabin comfort, drive or power.

Sitting between Mazda’s CX-5 and CX-9 on the sizing scale, the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel is narrower and shorter than its elder sibling. This smaller stature allows for better maneuverability, at the same time offering growing families the flexibility of a comfortable seven seat option.

Loaded with Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE technologies, the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will feature the latest in safety equipment as standard from entry grade, right through to top grade, offering peace of mind to drivers.

It’s also equipped with the 2.2L SKYACTIV-D engine, giving a smooth drive, strong performance and excellent fuel economy.

The premium feel of the drive is accentuated by the styling of the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel; Mazda’s KODO design philosophy shines through the sculpted front signature wing and bold grille, and high quality interior finishes give the cabin a sense of refinement and elegance.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will meet Australia’s demand for seven seat diesel SUV’s.

“More and more, Australians are opting for larger SUV’s to suit the demands of their busy lives; the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel is the perfect fit for those who need the versatility of seven seats and the economy that diesel affords,” said Mr Bhindi.

The Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will be available in Australia from the second half of this year.

Toyota Hilux Takes Second Dakar Stage Victory

  • HiLux wins first and third stages
  • Three HiLuxes in the top seven overall
  • HiLux finished one-two in the opening stage

Toyota HiLux driver Nasser Al Attiyah has won two of the first three stages in the gruelling 9,000km Dakar rally, the world’s toughest automotive race.

Al Attiyah, a two-time Dakar winner, is now placed third overall in his HiLux after winning the first and third stages on the sand dunes and dirt tracks of Peru.

The Toyota GAZOO Racing SA HiLux team now holds three of the top seven positions in the off-road endurance race, with 2009 winner Giniel de Villiers fifth and Dutch driver Bernard ten Brinke seventh.

Qatari Al Attiyah and French navigator Mathieu Baumel dominated the 296km third stage from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona, winning by more than four minutes despite being hampered by two punctures.

“If it weren’t for the punctures, we would’ve been in an even stronger position,” Al Attiyah said. “But even so we are happy with today’s result, and we are now right back in the fight.”

The latest success for HiLux comes after the team began the 2018 event in style with Al Attiyah and Ten Brinke finishing one-two on the opening stage.

During the second stage, Al Attiyah was forced to stop twice when Baumel became violently ill, but de Villiers stepped up to fourth fastest over the 267km stage.

Toyota GAZOO Racing South Africa has built all-new cars for the 40th running of the famed rally raid.

The 2018 Dakar rally has 14 racing stages totalling more than 4,500km and almost 4,500km of transport legs, taking competitors from Peru through Bolivia and Argentina with only one rest day in the Bolivian capital of La Paz.

The event ends on January 20 in Cordoba, Argentina.

UNBREAKABLE HILUX TAKES ON WORLD’S TOUGHEST RALLY

  • Three all-new HiLux pickups ready for Dakar 2018 in South America
  • Lighter, more powerful cars with new suspension for 15-day event across three countries
  • Toyota out to improve on its four podium finishes in famed rally

Three Toyota HiLux pick-ups will compete in the world’s toughest automotive race, the Dakar Rally in South America, beginning on January 6.

Toyota GAZOO Racing South Africa has built all-new cars for the 40th running of the famed rally raid, and retained leading drivers Giniel de Villiers and Nasser Al Attiyah.

De Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz won the Dakar Rally in 2009 and have recorded four podium finishes in the event for Toyota. De Villiers and Toyota are unbeaten in the South African Cross-Country Championship since 2015.

Al Attityah and Mathieu Baumel have won three FIA Cross-Country World Cup Championships in a Toyota HiLux.

The third HiLux crew is Bernard ten Brinke and Michel Péron, giving Toyota GAZOO Racing SA a cosmopolitan team of a South African, German, Qatari, Dutchman and two Frenchmen.

Ten Brinke competed in Dakar 2016 in a privately entered HiLux.

The all-wheel-drive Toyota HiLux entries are lighter than the 2017 cars, with new independent rear-suspension geometry offering 12 per cent more travel.

The naturally aspirated V8 engine is now mid-mounted, sitting just behind the front wheels, in between and slightly below the crew.

It breathes through a larger FIA-sanctioned 38mm restrictor, as per new regulations for the 2018 event.

The team has logged more than 3000km of testing in South Africa – equivalent to 60 per cent of the competitive driving in the 2018 rally.

Team principal Glyn Hall said the combination of increased power, reduced weight and greater suspension travel will suit the soft sand sections of the rally’s opening stages in Peru.

“We decided to radically alter the layout and geometry of the car, incorporating everything we’ve learned over the past five years,” he said.

“You can never be over confident in a race as tough as the Dakar, but at the same time we feel we’re onto a winning recipe here. If the rule changes better balance the performance of the petrol-powered cars and the turbo-diesels, I have every reason to believe we’re in with a shout.”

After completing the bulk of the development driving, de Villiers said the car “feels extremely fast and well balanced, and I’m looking forward to taking it on Dakar 2018.”

Toyota first entered the Dakar Rally in 2012, taking second place on debut.

January’s Dakar Rally marks the tenth edition of the event since it moved to South America in 2009.

The rally runs from January 6 to 20, beginning in Lima, Peru, travelling through Bolivia and finishing in Cordoba, Argentina. There is only one rest day on January 12 in La Paz, Bolivia.

There are 14 stages and 5000km of competitive driving, with 4000km of liaisons between stages.

Seven of the 14 stages are either completely off-road or in dunes. The first five stages are in Peru, two of them looped, before stage six takes competitors into Bolivia for two high-altitude stages and then six stages in Argentina.

The Dakar Rally attracts more than 500 competitors from some 60 countries – in cars, trucks, motorcycles, Quads and UTVs (off-highway utility vehicles).

French motorcycle adventurer Thierry Sabine, who founded the event in 1978 as the Paris-Dakar Rally to Dakar in Senegal, called it “a challenge for those who take part, a dream for those who watch.”

Security threats in Mauritania forced the cancellation of the 2008 event and its relocation to South America in 2009.

The 2018 event marks a return to Peru for the first time since 2013.

Former Toyota rally world champion Spain’s Carlos Sainz won the Dakar Rally in 2010 and Australia’s Toby Price won the motorcycle category in 2016.

Mahindra launches the All New Tougher- Next Generation Pik Up

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $ 19 billion Mahindra Group, today launched the All New Tougher Next Generation Mahindra Pik Up under its fully-owned subsidiary – Mahindra Automotive Australia Pty Ltd (MAAPL).

Mahindra’s next Generation PikUp, with its refreshed outer body styling, new six speed transmission, increased turbo diesel power, and stylish new interior is a tough no nonsense ute that is as rugged as ever.

The original Mahindra PikUp, launched in Australia in 2007 has been plying the roads and back country of Australia for ten years. With thousands of Mahindra PikUps sold to Australian customers over the past 10 years, the PikUp has built a trusted and solid reputation as a reliable, rugged and value for money ute for the Australian market. Over 500,000 PikUps & Scorpio SUVs have been sold globally since the launch of the original Scorpio in 2002.

Joydeep Moitra, Head of International Operations, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said “We have been here in business for over a decade with a local Mahindra Subsidiary and on-ground team to focus on needs and aspirations of the consumers & to build our offerings. For the new Mahindra PikUp, a six-month test schedule was carried out in Australia and concluded in August 2017, clocking up over 80,000 local kilometres. This input has helped create a Mahindra PikUp perfect for local conditions. This is a testimony of our commitment to developing products for the Australian market.”

The All New Mahindra PikUp boasts significant enhancements in its drivetrain to 103 KW of power / 330 Nm Torque, all-new 6 speed gearbox, totally new attractive interiors that will appeal to a much wider customer profile with the inclusion of ISOFIX child restraints with top tether standard on all Dual Cab models, and help Mahindra to strengthen its position in the local pikup/ute segment.

Mahindra products offer, proven reliability, function and premium value for money. The upgrade, with its aggressively-styled exteriors and plush interiors includes a complete overhaul of the Mahindra PikUp’s aesthetics, with specific emphasis on the front-end styling. The vehicle comes in two specification levels, S6, which provides function & value and the S10, which offers an SUV-like-specification yet remains within the identity of the Mahindra PikUp’s rugged and reliable legacy.

About the Next Generation Mahindra Pik-Up:

EXTERIOR: A FRESH NEW LOOK
The Mahindra PikUp’s clean, contemporary lines improve the look of the vehicle while maintaining a tough signature stance. The most compelling changes are to the front of the vehicle where the grille, headlights, bonnet and foglamps have all undergone a substantial redesign.

The new grille design is smarter, utilising a glossy black finish with subtle chrome accents (S10 Models), as well as a more prominent Mahindra badge, while the lower air intake has been reshaped to provide a stronger visual integration with the grille. Black mesh inserts are consistently applied to both the main grille and the lower air intake, creating a more consistent appearance.

The headlights on either side of the grille are also completely new, with a cleaner, more resolute appearance and a new curved LED Daytime Running Light signature for the S10 Double Cab. Bolder fog lamps are mounted in restyled apertures that are linked to the lower edge of the headlights. The redesigned front-end styling is accompanied by static bending projection lamps.

INTERIOR: THE NEW AGE STYLE
The spacious cabin of the Next Generation PikUp has undergone important upgrades as part of the model line-up. Perhaps the most obvious improvements are to the upholstery and the six-inch (6”), full colour touch screen display on the S10 Double Cab models located in the centre console.

The Mahindra PikUp’s cabin is also comprehensively equipped. As the flagship model of the range, the S10 Double Cab benefits from useful features such as remote central locking, cruise control, satellite navigation, reversing camera and a multifunction steering wheel.

The upgrade doesn’t end here. With smart features like auto wipers and intelligent headlamps the vehicle promises to take the customer experience to the next level of comfort and performance.

Fully Automatic Climate Control further enhances the comfort of occupants in the S10 variants.

SAFETY: REASSURING PEACE OF MIND
Safety features like Hill Descent Control, ESC, ABS, EBD, Roll-over mitigation, Airbags, Crash protection crumple zones and a Collapsible steering column are standard across the range. Strengthening our commitment to safety and comfort, we have added head rests and 3-point lap sash seat belts for all seats along with two ISOFIX anchors in the rear seat with three top tether points for all Double Cab models.

DRIVETRAIN: POWER AND EFFICIENCY
The Next Generation PikUp has an updated 2.2- litre four-cylinder mHawk turbodiesel engine which makes use of a variable geometry turbocharger to produce 103kw. The impressive torque peak of 330 Nm is reached at just 1,600rpm, and sustained to 2,800 rpm, ensuring excellent in-gear acceleration and great towing power.

The turbodiesel engine is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels, with 4×4 transmission with low range. The entire range of the Next Generation Mahindra PikUp is fitted with an Eaton MLD (Mechanical Locking Differential) as standard www.mahindra.com.au/eaton

SPECIFICATION LEVELS S6 & S10

S6

S10

Wheels

Steel with Plastic Covers

16” Alloys

Audio Head Unit

Mp3/Radio/CD

6in touch screen with Sat Nav, Reverse Camera and Bluetooth Mp3/Radio/CD

Factory Tub (Dual Cab Models)

New Integrated Rear Step

New Integrated Rear Step & Alloy Sports Bar

Side Steps

Tubular Side Step

Wide Side Step (Running Board Type)

Front Row Seating

Fabric with vinyl inserts

Fabric with Arm Rests and Drivers Side height adjustment

Headlights

Projector Lamps

Adds Daylight Running Lamps & Side Projection beams

Air-conditioning

Yes

Fully Automatic Climate Control

GENUINE FACTORY ACCESSORIES
Mahindra Automotive Australia prides itself on working with some of the best global accessory manufactures, many based right here in Brisbane. Our Genuine Factory Accessory Program, many of which are available from launch, includes but is not limited to:

  • Genuine Tow Bar (Currently rated to 2.5 Tonne Braked Towing)
  • Aluminium Trays, Galvanised Steel Trays, Colour Coded Steel Trays
  • Genuine winch compatible Steel Bull Bars
  • Genuine fiberglass Snorkels
  • Genuine Carpet Floor Mats
  • Genuine Canvas Seat Covers
  • Genuine Suspension upgrade with lift kit (Available in 2018)
  • Genuine Stainless Steel Nudge Bar with Bash Plate (Available in 2018)

See your Genuine Mahindra dealer for details www.mahindra.com.au/dealer-locator/

PRICING, VARIANTS AND WARRANTY
At launch, there are 4 variants:

  • The Single Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S6 Cab Chassis from $26,990 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S6 Cab Chassis from $29,490 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp is available in 4×4 S6 with factory well-side tub from $29,990 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp S10 4×4 with factory well-side tub from $31,990 Drive Away

From early 2018 the 4×2 Single Cab variant will become available:

  • The Single Cab PikUp available in 4×2 S6 Cab Chassis from $21,990 Drive Away

The pricing includes a 5 Year / 100 000 km Limited Warranty with 5-year roadside assistance.

  • 4 Colours available at Launch – Artic White, De-Sat Silver, Napoli Black and Red Rage

More information is available at www.mahindra.com.au and www.facebook.com/mahindraaus With over 40 dealers nationwide, isn’t it time you try the trusted, All-New Tougher Mahindra PikUp

Toyota Concept Takes Outdoor Fun to New Levels

  • The next step in Toyota’s adventure-loving concept vehicles
  • Petrol or hybrid all-wheel-drive grunt are possible
  • Bold design reflects the confidence of Toyota’s existing SUVs

Toyota has taken its series of adventure-loving concept vehicles to the next level with the global premiere of its brash and versatile Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC.

Debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the FT-AC has been conceived as a thoroughly capable all-wheel-drive petrol or hybrid-powered vehicle catering to various lifestyles, preferences and even generations.

It represents the latest iteration of Toyota’s adventure-loving line-up of concept vehicles, providing an ideal vehicle for a wide mix of on and off-road excursions.

Although currently a design experiment, its bold and daring design reflects the confident spirit of Toyota’s existing SUVs and commercial vehicles.

It is particularly appropriate that the new concept was unveiled in Los Angeles – a city where much of the population escapes to the hills, deserts or beaches for much-needed weekend recharges after a long week of work.

Contrasting colours on the concept vehicle combine Prospect Green with Fortress Grey accents to highlight its go-anywhere brashness.

“FT-AC is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division (USA).

“No matter the roads, the activities, or the people, FT-AC sparks authentic fun and conversation,” Mr Hollis said.

The FT-AC is designed to encourage people of all skill levels that to undertake one-of-a-kind adventures, such as going for a paddle on a river, climbing a favourite rock face or hitting a trail on a mountain bike.

Its powerful stance is emphasised by a long wheelbase, wide track and a pronounced, wide black grille that is flanked by LED headlights.

Extra-wide fender flares provide body shielding above the 20-inch wheels and beefy all-terrain tyres, both of which help accentuate its commanding look. It has twin recovery hooks while skid plates help protect the short front and rear overhangs.

Fog lights can be removed from their pods and used as portable lamps, ideal for being attached to a mountain bike for night riding.

The safari-style cargo roof-rack system can haul all types of adventure gear. LED marker lights at its front corners can provide ambient lighting around the vehicle, brighten the trail ahead or even act as a flash for infrared cameras embedded in the side mirrors.

An integrated Wi-Fi hotspot provides adventure-goers the ability to livestream their fun or upload footage to cloud-based storage for real-time editing and posting via a mobile device. Like the fog lights, the cameras are removable. Geolocation capabilities can also provide directions back to base camp.

The roof rack’s rear-facing LED lights aid night-time visibility and can also be controlled by a mobile device. An innovative integrated bike rack is retractable – a highly useful feature that can be securely hidden in only a few seconds.

The FT-AC envisions a petrol-powered engine with an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, apportioning torque as required for excellent controllability and maximum traction.

Variable terrain-response settings and four-wheel lock functionality build on its capability by managing traction control and throttle response to provide maximum grip at each wheel for a more dynamic driving experience.

FT-AC could also offer a next-generation hybrid powertrain that blends fuel efficiency with rugged all-wheel-drive grunt, giving drivers better power, responsiveness and impressive fuel economy – all without compromise.

Top marks in Euro NCAP Test: Mercedes-Benz X-Class awarded five stars for safety

30th November Melbourne 2017. With five stars, the new X-Class has been awarded the highest possible score in the independent safety test “Euro NCAP Test”. The Mercedes-Benz ute impressed in the categories of occupant safety, child safety, pedestrian protection and assistance systems.

The X-Class owes this result above all to its especially sturdy body with high-strength passenger cell and a structure with front and rear ends capable of absorbing energy through selective deformation as well as with an exceptionally large number of safety systems for the ute segment. The X-Class comes as standard with, for example, seven airbags and the i-Size attachment system for two child seats. The other safety highlights include Active Brake Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. Added to these are the trailer stability program, tyre pressure monitoring, front and rear disc brakes and cruise control. Also as standard, the X-Class POWER comes with a 360-degree camera and the PURE and PROGRESSIVE are equipped with a reversing camera.

Jaguar Land Rover Introduces Three New Vehicles From Its Special Vehicle Operations Division, Including Global Debut of Top of The Line 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography

  • World of Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) event showcased the three distinct categories of SVO products for the first time in the US: SVA (luxury), SVR (performance) and SVX (capability)
  • Event included the Global Debut of the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography and the North American Debut of the Land Rover Discovery SVX and 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR
  • Jaguar announces the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has set a new Nürburgring lap record for a sedan of production intent specification1
  • Racing legend Bobby Rahal was recognized at the event as Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing was announced as the first team to join the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY electric race series, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars

(LOS ANGELES) – November 28, 2017 – For the first time ever in North America, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) presented vehicles in each of its three unique categories (SVAutobiography, SVX and SVR) with the debut of the new 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, Land Rover Discovery SVX and 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR. The vehicles debuted at an exclusive customer preview at HD Buttercup in downtown Los Angeles one night before display at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

The 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography epitomizes the ultimate luxury driving experience, while the Land Rover Discovery SVX showcases supreme off-road capability and unique design elements. Rounding out the SVO trio, the 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR – which was showcased alongside the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR -offers outstanding on-road performance and handling.

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations said, “SVO creates vehicles of distinction. Special versions of Jaguar and Land Rover core vehicles that amplify characteristics of luxury, capability and performance. Our clients love the breadth of opportunities to own one a vehicle design, engineered and assembled by SVO which also meets their precise lifestyle requirements.”

“SVO creates three distinct categories of special vehicles. SVAutobiography is the marque of peerless luxury, SVX is our new brand dedicated to all-action, all-terrain capability and SVR is the sign of thrilling performance in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. We are proud to present a range of exciting vehicles from SVO together in North America for the first time.”

With the Global Debut of the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, Land Rover introduces an unprecedented luxury SUV. The new flagship model combines peerless craftsmanship and technology, including rear doors that close at the touch of a button, rear executive class seating capable of up 40 degrees of recline and a fully refrigerated rear compartment with space for two 750ml bottles and two glasses.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said, “We continue to refine and hone our flagship Range Rover. Highly sophisticated and with a unique combination of British sensibilities, the Range Rover SVAutobiography reinforces Range Rover’s status of peerless excellence.”

Also making its North American debut, the 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR, is the fastest Land Rover ever produced and merges all-terrain capability with extreme power and advanced traction technology. The Range Rover Sport SVR features a 423kW supercharged 5.0L V8 engine. The 2018MY Range Rover and Range Rover Sport lineup was shown for the first time at the event with new interior and exterior design and features.

The North American debut of the Land Rover Discovery SVX adds the extreme capability offering to Special Vehicle Operations. The ultimate Discovery for off-road enthusiasts, the Discovery SVX delivers the unmatched Land Rover capability in a dynamic and distinctive manner without compromising comfort and practicality.

Showing the Jaguar SVO capabilities, the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Jaguar XE SV Project 8 were also showcased at the event, with the Project 8 announced tonight as the world’s fastest four-door sedan, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director said, “Jaguar is a performance brand and the F-TYPE SVR and XE SV Project 8 are two of the most powerful Jaguar vehicles that we’ve ever produced – and with the Nürburgring record we’re proud to have the fastest sedan in the world! Working with our Special Vehicle Operations team, we’re able to turn up the performance of our Jaguar vehicles to another level.”

Building on the Jaguar heritage in performance and racing, racing legend Bobby Rahal was recognized at the event with his team – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – announced as the first to join the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY electric race series, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars. The racecars, which will be built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations beginning in 2018, will give competitors a chance to showcase their talent while racing on the world stage alongside the 2018/19 global FIA Formula E championship.

INFINITI reveals all-new QX50 in Los Angeles

  • Distinctive proportions, with INFINITI’s signature Powerful Elegance design
  • VC-Turbo: The world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine
  • ProPILOT Assist: Intuitive technologies support the driver and keep occupants safe and connected
  • All-new platform provides unrivalled space and efficient packaging, with high quality cabin materials
  • Full media information available at www.INFINITIpresspacks.com

Los Angeles – INFINITI revealed the all-new QX50 – a premium mid-size SUV with world-first technologies, stand-out design and unrivalled interior space, all on an entirely new platform – ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance.  As a premium, mid-size SUV, it’s the right vehicle at the right time in one of the world’s fastest growing segments.”
Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President

Remaining true to the design of the QX50 Concept and QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50’s aerodynamic exterior reinterprets INFINITI’s distinctive Powerful Elegance design language and signature design cues for the SUV segment. It combines a confident stance with intelligent packaging, while deep character lines highlight the influence of human artistry in the design process.

The QX50 is built an all-new platform, featuring a front-engine, front-wheel drive-based layout. Engineered with flexibility of application in mind, the new platform sets new standards for refinement, rigidity and interior space in the compact premium SUV segment.

The unrivalled interior space, artistic application of high quality materials, and advanced craftsmanship make the cabin as welcoming and comfortable as it is flexible. Driver-centric, yet passenger-minded, the QX50 offers a package of technologies to enhance the driving experience. Its asymmetric layout and calm, connected ambience is designed to meet different needs of the driver and passengers.

The VC-Turbo engine is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, transforming on demand. A breakthrough in combustion engine design, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimize power and efficiency. It combines the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel engine. A compelling alternative to diesel, it challenges the notion that only hybrid and diesel powertrains can deliver high torque and efficiency.

ProPILOT Assist technologies react discreetly and autonomously to certain driving situations, supporting the driver with a range of empowering ‘co-pilot’ features, placing them in total control.

Double delight as Mazda CX-9 wins Drive’s Best Family SUV for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, the Mazda CX-9 Touring AWD has scored top spot as the Best Family SUV in the 2017 Drive Car of the Year Awards.

Since its July 2016 debut and following a suite of upgrades in August 2017, the CX-9 has maintained strong momentum as a class-leader, winning critical acclaim for its style, comfort and dynamics.

Editor in Chief of the Drive Network, Andrew Maclean, praised the CX-9 as a superior and comprehensive offering for families.

“The Mazda CX-9 is perfectly tailored to growing Australian families with its flexible, spacious seven-seat cabin that is well presented and has all the latest conveniences while its on-road manners are refined and Mazda’s first new-generation turbo charged engine is efficient in the city yet strong out on the open road,” said Mr Maclean.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the consecutive win is an honour for Mazda.

“Mazda is incredibly proud of the CX-9, which continues to go from strength to strength, cementing its place as a favourite among car experts, enthusiasts and families alike,” said Mr Bhindi.

“We’re delighted to receive this esteemed award, and thrilled to see two of our models honoured in this year’s Drive Car of the Year Awards.”

The Mazda CX-9 joins the Mazda2 and Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X engine as a winner in this year’s awards, securing Mazda first place in three categories in the highly contested awards.

The Mazda2 Maxx Auto was crowned Best City Car for the fourth consecutive year in the 2017 Drive Car of the Year Awards.

Offering style, comfort, safety and performance, Drive’s judging panel praised the compact five seater for its class-leading quality and versatility.

“The Mazda2 Maxx continues to impress Drive’s Car of the Year judging panel with its great dynamics, the presentation and comfort of its cabin and the recent initiative to include autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment across the range makes it a standout in the city car segment,” said Mr Maclean.

While still under development and due for release in 2019, Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X engine was awarded Green Innovator in the 2017 Drive Car of the Year Awards.

The revolutionary engine makes possible a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions, with a revolutionary compression ignition technology.

Introducing Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI), SKYACTIV-X offers a leaner burn and improves engine efficiency by up to 20-30 per cent. The new combustion method also delivers unprecedented engine response and increases torque by 10-30 per cent compared to the current SKYACTIV-G engine.

“SKYACTIV-X is Mazda’s next step toward offering more sustainable driving, taking into account real word circumstances and infrastructure,” said Mr Bhindi.

“It’s an honour to have the technology recognised as a Drive’s Green Innovator in 2017 before it’s even hit our roads. We look forward to introducing SKYACTIV-X to Australians in 2019.”

To test drive the award-winning CX-9 or Mazda2, find your local dealer here, and more information on SKYACTIV-X here.

All-new Ford Endura to join expanding SUV line-up in 2018 as Australia’s appetite for SUVs grows

  • The all-new Ford Endura will join the Australian Ford line-up in 2018 to add even greater choice as SUV buyer tastes become increasingly sophisticated and have seen SUVs outsell traditional passenger vehicles for the first time in 2017
  • The highly-equipped five-seat, exclusively diesel-powered Endura will be positioned as a premium, highly equipped urban SUV offering extensive driver assist features and striking, contemporary design and styling.
  • The Endura will join the locally-engineered and designed Everest, the mid-sized Escape and the compact, urban friendly EcoSport to offer Australians a fully-fledged line-up of SUVs, with a broad depth of capability and versatility to reflect their lifestyles

Australian SUV buyers will be offered even greater choice as the Ford Endura joins the local line-up in 2018. The Endura – known as the Ford Edge in other markets (pictured below) – will offer SUV buyers a highly-equipped SUV with cutting edge design and performance.

“The Endura reflects the dynamic motoring landscape in Australia, where buyers are now looking for more specific features and attributes in their SUVs as opposed to a one-size-fits-all solution,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “The appetite for SUVs in this country is impressive, so we’re excited to bring a premium new offering from our global portfolio to local audiences.

The Endura will be launched in late 2018 as part of a significant year for Ford in Australia, which will see a revitalised SUV line-up that includes a refreshed EcoSport, updates for the recently launched Escape and a refresh of the highly capable Everest.

The Endura name is shorthand for Endurance. Symbolically, the name follows the ‘E’ SUV naming convention, with Endura itself representing strength, durability, reliability and sportiness, which are key attributes of this all-new vehicle. Market research conducted resulted in

‘Endura’ resonating most, relative to the features and capability of the vehicle, as well as being unique and contemporary.

The Endura will be offered exclusively in a five-seat configuration with diesel. Full specification, pricing and availability to be announced closer to its launch.

INFINITI unveils new QX80 at Dubai International Motor Show

  • New QX80 exemplifies INFINITI’s presence in the luxury SUV segment
  • Bold proportions and a commanding exterior design
  • Luxurious cabin with quality materials, a hand-crafted feel, and advanced technologies
  • Comfort assured by taut, refined dynamics and drive assist technologies

INFINITI Motor Company has revealed the new QX80 full-size luxury SUV for the first time, at this year’s 2017 Dubai International Motor Show.

Further advancing INFINITI’s market-leading presence in the full-size luxury SUV segment, the QX80 takes INFINITI’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language in a bold new direction, creating a powerful, contemporary and commanding aesthetic.

The new INFINITI QX80 has been designed and engineered to allow customers to travel everywhere in luxury. It strengthens the brand’s position in the global full-size SUV segment, which currently accounts for more than half of all full-size luxury car sales around the world. The new model will further enhance our profile in an area of the market that prizes modern exterior design, high-tech cabins engineered for relaxation, and effortless, empowering performance.

The fact that we held the global reveal in Dubai reinforces the strategic importance of the Middle East for INFINITI.”
Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President

The QX80 has a refined and spacious cabin that features high-quality materials, a hand-crafted finish and advanced drive-assist technologies.  With a taut yet comfort-oriented suspension, and ample performance from its 5.6-litere V8 engine, the new QX80 gives drivers an assured feeling of control and confidence at the wheel.

In 2016, the outgoing model accounted for 8.96 per cent of INFINITI’s global sales, with more than 20,708 units sold around the world. Production of the new QX80 has started.

About INFINITI:

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.

INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies.

From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.INFINITI.com. You can also follow INFINITI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

Land Rover Discovery wins 2017 Carsales Car of the Year

  • Land Rover’s fifth-generation Discovery is the 2017 Carsales Car of the Year.
  • The new Land Rover Discovery is a full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility
  • Lightweight aluminium construction saves 480kg, delivering enhanced efficiency and CO2 emissions from 166g/km
  • Best-in-class 3,500kg towing capacity and semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist take the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres
  • See carsales video – HERE

Land Rover’s fifth-generation Discovery is the 2017 carsales Car of the Year. The new-from-the-ground-up all-terrain family wagon is the second SUV to win the Car of the Year award – Australia’s most prestigious.
SUVs are rapidly becoming the default choices for Australian new car buyers. So far in 2017 Aussies have bought more new SUVs than any other vehicle type.

The Land Rover Discovery topped a field of 15 vehicles in carsales Car of the Year testing. All the vehicles were put through their paces over five arduous days across varied terrain in Victoria’s north-east. This bespoke process is the culmination of a year’s testing during which hundreds of cars are evaluated by the carsales team.

Along the way carsales’ experts overlay industry standard setting data (from Redbook.com.au and the wider carsales network) to determine category winners that define excellence, innovation, class-leading safety, performance and value for money.

The exhaustive process whittles down new releases from more than 50 new car brands and awards vehicles based on 13 lifestyle-based categories.

The Discovery was included as a wildcard entry this year by carsales’ judging team.

“The Discovery is now so much more than an accomplished off-roader,” carsales Editor in Chief Mike Sinclair explained. “It is a proven badge that in its latest version brings an unprecedented breadth of ability.”

“There were plenty of worthy contenders for the Car of the Year title from Europe, the US and Japan. But Land Rover takes the crown this year. Discovery performs outstandingly on so many levels.”

Jaguar Land Rover Australia Managing Director, Matthew Wiesner said, “We are absolutely delighted that the New Land Rover Discovery has won the prestigious accolade of carsales.com.au Car of the Year for 2017. The New Discovery brings with it an unrivalled breadth of capability and technology that allows our Australian Land Rover customers to live the lifestyle they aspire to.”

Mercedes-Benz X-Class – Pricing announced

10th November 2017. Melbourne. Australian pricing and specification for the highly anticipated Mercedes-Benz X-Class has now been announced.

The X-Class pushes the boundaries of the classic ute. It complements the prized strengths of a mid-size ute with the typical Mercedes-Benz characteristics of driving dynamics, comfort, design, safety and an extensive scope for individualisation.

The X-Class will initially be launched in April 2018 with thirteen variants boasting two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, delivering high power outputs and high torque at low engine speeds.

A high-torque V6 diesel engine will be released from mid-2018, ensuring even greater agility on- and off-road. It will generate a class leading 190 kW and 550 Nm of torque and it has already proven its credentials in numerous Mercedes-Benz passenger car models – from the G-Class to the latest E-Class. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date.

Engine line-up

                2.3l Diesel 3.0l Diesel
Cylinders In-line 4 cylinder V6
Designation X 220 d X 250 d X 350 d
Turbochargers Single-Variable 2-Stage Single-Variable
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
7-speed automatic
7-speed automatic
Drive type Rear wheel drive or engageable AWD Engageable AWD Permanent AWD
Power (kW) 120 140 190
Torque (Nm) 403 450 550

Standout features

  • Driving enjoyment on a par with passenger cars: The wide track, long wheelbase and comfortable spring and damping tuning typical of a Mercedes open up a new world of driving enjoyment and driving dynamics on the road – without resulting in compromises when off-road. A special feature in this segment: coil springs are used both at the front and the rear, which contributes to a harmonious suspension comfort. The suspension is designed in such a way that it achieves a high level of driving dynamics and ride comfort on the road, while also delivering maximum off-road capability in conjunction with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The suspension consists of a double wishbone front axle and a rear multi-link solid axle that is ideal for transporting heavy loads and has ideal articulation capability. This combination ensures that the suspension is comfortable and the handling is safe given any permitted load condition.
  • Star safety:  Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the X-Class stands out for its exemplary level of safety. The X-Class comes with a comprehensive array of comfort and safety equipment that is exceptional in this vehicle segment. The X-Class’s high level of occupant protection results from its especially solid body with a high-strength passenger cabin cell and a front and rear structure that can absorb energy resulting from a collision through well-managed deformation. Furthermore, passive safety is provided thanks to standard equipment such as seven airbags and the i-Size attachment system for two child seats. The airbags in the front for driver and front passenger come with a two-stage, deferred triggering mechanism. For active safety, driver assistance systems are at the ready, simultaneously increasing safety and comfort: standard across the range is Active Brake Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. Also as standard, the X-Class POWER comes with a 360-degree camera and the PURE and PROGRESSIVE are equipped with a reversing camera. As an optional upgrade the 360-degree camera is also available on the PROGRESSIVE line.
  • All-wheel drive for any surface: The engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and standard differential lock on the rear axle masters any terrain. With a ground clearance of 222 millimetres and high approach and departure angles, the X-Class has the necessary foundation to easily adapt to off-road environments. From the middle of next year a permanent all-wheel drive will be available with the V6. All the all-wheel drive models come with Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) on board as standard.
  • Brand characteristic SUV design: With the centrally positioned star, twin-louvre radiator grille, powerfully honed bonnet and headlamps extending far into the wings, the X-Class seamlessly fits in to the Mercedes-Benz portfolio.
  • Premium effect on a new level: Three trim parts for the cockpit, six seat covers including two leather variants with contrasting topstitching, and two colours for the roof lining provide the widest choice of materials and colours in this vehicle segment.
  • Robust character with a dynamic look: The X-Class’s design draws attention to the basic virtues of a ute – robustness, strength and off-road capability – in an emotionally appealing way. Even the dimensions themselves exude effortless superiority with a length of 5340 millimetres, a width of 1920 millimetres (excluding the outside mirrors) and a height of 1819 millimetres. The width between the wheel arches allows the stacking of an Australian size pallet. Both physically imposing and hardworking, the X-Class can haul a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes. Able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes, it can pull a trailer containing three horses or an eight-metre yacht.
  • Individualisation on account of a diverse range of Mercedes-Benz accessories: As from its market launch, customers can add a styling bar, side bar, canopy, various covers as well as numerous cargo and off-road solutions – all developed and designed by Mercedes.

Pricing

Grade

Body

Engine

Drive

Transmission

MRLP

PURE

Cab Chas

X 220 d

RWD

6-spd manual

$45,450

PURE

Load Bed

X 220 d

RWD

6-spd manual

$46,400

PURE

Load Bed

X 220 d

4MATIC

6-spd manual

$50,400

PURE

Cab Chas

X 250 d

4MATIC

6-spd manual

$51,450

PURE

Cab Chas

X 250 d

4MATIC

7-spd auto

$54,350

PURE

Load Bed

X 250 d

4MATIC

6-spd manual

$52,400

PURE

Load Bed

X 250 d

4MATIC

7-spd auto

$55,300

PROGRESSIVE

Cab Chas

X 250 d

4MATIC

6-spd manual

$53,950

PROGRESSIVE

Cab Chas

X 250 d

4MATIC

7-spd auto

$56,850

PROGRESSIVE

Load Bed

X 250 d

4MATIC

6-spd manual

$54,900

PROGRESSIVE

Load Bed

X 250 d

4MATIC

7-spd auto

$57,800

POWER

Load Bed

X 250 d

4MATIC

6-spd manual

$61,600

POWER

Load Bed

X 250 d

4MATIC

7-spd auto

$64,500

NOTE: MRLP includes GST, but EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY AND ALL ON ROAD COSTS

Landcruiser Prado Upgrade Adds Safety and Value

  • New safety technology, styling and features for LandCruiser Prado
  • Price reductions of up to $1200 on five model variants
  • All turbo-diesel range with increased towing capacity for automatic models

Toyota has upgraded its top-selling LandCruiser Prado range, refreshing the styling while adding advanced active-safety technology to GX and GXL automatic models, and increasing value for money across the board.

Recommended retail price* has been reduced by up to $1200 on five model variants, while new 5 and 7-seat GX automatic models receive significant specification upgrades for a modest $400 increase.

The new GX automatic gains a comprehensive suite of advanced safety measures, a 500kg boost in braked towing capacity, the refreshed exterior and interior, and an instrumentation upgrade.

Prado’s new exterior contributes to added safety, with the bonnet sculptured in the centre to enhance downward visibility and the fenders re-profiled to help drivers more easily locate the vehicle extremities.

The lower corners of the front and rear bumpers now kick upwards, to enhance off-road manoeuvrability.

Advanced safety features** – now standard equipment on all LandCruiser Prado auto models – are pre-collision safety system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active cruise control (ACC), lane departure alert and auto high beam. PCS and ACC were previously exclusive to high-grade VX and Kakadu.

Towing capacity# for all automatic models has been increased by 500kg to 3000kg and a rear differential lock has been added to auto GXL and VX grades.

The new LandCruiser Prado range is exclusively 2.8-litre turbo-diesel powered, with prices starting at $53,490 RRP for GX manual – a $600 price reduction while adding satellite navigation and Toyota Link connected mobility.

Largest price reduction is $1200 for GXL manual, which has the added features of Bi-LED head lamps, LED DRLs with ‘follow me’ function, LED fog lamps and sun-visor lamp.

Popular GXL automatic has all these new features, as well as advanced safety equipment, rear differential lock, Optitron instruments and colour MID.

A $3500 option pack for GXL adds leather-accented trim, ventilated and power-operated front seats, and heated front and second-row seats.

Further active safety upgrades see VX grade gain panoramic view monitor and multi-terrain monitor, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Raised specification in VX also includes ventilated front seats, cool box and LED fog lamps, while the price is reduced by $911.

Top of the range Kakadu now has drive mode select and panoramic view monitor while benefiting from a $1121 price reduction.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said new LandCruiser Prado extends Toyota’s commitment to offering the best safety features across all grades.

“Full-chassis LandCruiser Prado is an SUV that can take you there, wherever ‘there’ might be, and bring you back,” Mr Cramb said.

“The latest upgrades add to its appearance, comfort, convenience and safety, while delivering great value for money,” he said.

LandCruiser Prado’s robust exterior also features a revised grille with broad vertical bars and slit-shaped cooling openings, flanked by restyled headlamps (Bi-LED on GXL, VX and Kakadu) with the main beams positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles when off-road driving.

At the rear, there are new lamp clusters and a smaller garnish incorporated within the number-plate surround.

Inside, LandCruiser Prado has a redesigned dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear. The revised centre console incorporates a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel and has a low profile at the top for a sleeker appearance and improved forward visibility.

There are two new exterior colours, Peacock Black and Dusty Bronze. GX and GXL have grey fabric trim with the option of black leather-accented trim on GXL auto. VX and Kakadu are offered with Black and Beige leather-accented trim.

The safety technology now standard in all automatic models is designed to help prevent accidents or mitigate their consequences. The pre-collision safety system* can now detect impact risks with pedestrians as well as vehicles.

Relying on a camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror and a radar in the grille, LandCruiser Prado can operate its brakes autonomously to reduce the vehicle’s speed.

Lane departure alert* monitors lane markings and helps prevent accidents and head-on collisions caused by a vehicle leaving its lane. If the vehicle starts to deviate from its lane without the indicators being used, the system alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings.

Automatic high beam can detect the headlights or taillights of vehicles ahead and automatically switch between high and low beams to avoid dazzling other drivers.

VX grade, in addition, now features blind-spot monitor* and rear cross-traffic alert*, systems from the Kakadu that support safer motoring by giving the driver better real-time information about the area immediately around the car.

Multi-terrain monitor, newly added to VX, enables the driver to select from front, rear and two side cameras to check vehicle blind spots and confirm their surroundings. New features include a panoramic view that enables the driver to check for other vehicles at blind intersections.

Drive Mode Select offers five modes which, at the turn of a dial, can provide the driver with the ability to set their preferred powertrain, chassis and air-conditioning settings.

LandCruiser Prado’s high-torque turbocharged diesel engine is equipped with an electronically controlled common-rail direct-injection system.

Mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops an impressive 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm.

When mated to the six-speed manual transmission available in the GX or GXL, this engine develops peak torque of 420 Nm from 1,400 to 2,600 rpm. Maximum power is 130kW at 3400rpm.

The previous 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine is being discontinued in Australia due to overwhelming consumer preference for the turbo-diesel engine (98.8% of sales).

LandCruiser Prado is Australia’s best-selling large SUV, with its nearest rival another Toyota, the petrol-powered Kluger.

LandCruiser Prado is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $240 (including GST) per service***.

RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICES

GRADE PRICE CHANGE
GX manual $53,490 -$600
GXL manual $59,990 -$1,200
VX auto $73,990 -$911
KAKADU auto $84,490 -$1,121

Options:
Auto (GX, GXL): $3,000.
7 seats (GX auto): $2,550.
Premium interior (GXL auto): $3,500.
Premium paint (all grades): $550

* Manufacturer’s list prices are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
** Pre-Collision Safety system, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are driver assist features only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
*** Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000km (whichever occurs first), up to the first 6 services. Excludes government & rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.
# Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations. Ask your Dealer for Toyota Genuine Towbar capacity and availability details.

Falken Tyres Completes 4×4 Range

Having been sold in Australia for decades, Falken now has the most comprehensive range of products ever. Where that resonates the most is in Falken’s Wildpeak range, servicing the ever growing 4×4 and SUV vehicle segment. With the Australian vehicle market moving towards utes, it is no surprise why the Japanese brand has decided to place emphasis on this growing market.

“What was missing in our 4×4 lineup was a next-generation all-terrain tyre and a muddy,” explained William Ng, Marketing Manager Falken Tyres Australia. “We’re excited that our portfolio is now complete with the Wildpeak AT3W and MT being the final pieces of the puzzle.”

Wildpeak AT3W

The AT3W combines aggressive off-road ability and rugged terrain driving without compromise on the pavement. An optimised tread design combined with a silica tread compound enables the tyre to excel in three areas: wear, winter and wet performance. The tyre is packed with technology, from Falken’s 3D Canyon Sipes to an all-new proprietary lower sidewall. Full-depth sipes and grooves maintain consistent performance and appearance throughout the life of the tyre.

Although the standout feature is the noise, or lack of. “Going down the highway they’re nice and quiet. They’re smooth; they’re predictable,” explained Matt Raudonikis, 4X4 Australia Editor. But they are also just at home off-road; “Rocks, holes, ruts – it copes with it all really nice.”

For more information on the Wildpeak AT3W: http://www.falken.com.au/product/wildpeak-at3w/

 

 

 

 

 

Wildpeak MT

The Wildpeak MT has been proven in competition with dominating results in the Baja 1000 and King of the Hammers. The MT features Falken’s proprietary three-ply DURASPEC Sidewall Technology developed to sustain the most punishing off-road conditions. DURASPEC also features two high-ply turn-ups that provide an additional layer of protection and durability. An aggressive upper sidewall offers extra traction at low air pressures on rugged terrain. The MT also features exceptional road manners thanks to an optimised variable three-pitch pattern and precision manufacturing technology.

“For those who genuinely need a mud-terrain tyre, the Wildpeak MT is the Falken muddy that benefits the most from years of off-road competition development,” states Matt Raudonikis. “The MT is a winner on all accounts.”

For more information on the Wildpeak MT: http://www.falken.com.au/product/wildpeak-mt/

Holden Colorado – Take The Road By Storm

  • A limited-edition production total of 500 vehicles
  • Increased comfort and features on the LTZ Crew Cab Pick Up
  • Storm pack fitted with $3000 worth of additional content including heated leather seats, storm accessories and branded bonnet
  • On sale, nationwide from October 2017

Holden has announced the return of the popular ‘Storm’ Special Edition Colorado LTZ. With production totalling 500 vehicles, and over $3000 worth of additional content to the Colorado LTZ, the ‘Storm’ pack offers a more premium experience.

Based on the 4×4 LTZ Crew Cab Pick Up model, the additional features include heated leather seats, polished nudge bar, accessory cup holders, branded bonnet protector, storm badges and front and rear carpet floor mats.

Director of Sales, Michael Filazzola explains the 2018 Colorado Storm continues to provide customers with exceptional value for money during both purchase and ownership.

“In addition to the value for money that the Colorado storm boasts, Holden has recently announced a 7-year/175,000km warranty across its entire range for all purchases from October until 31 December 2017.

“Colorado Storm is a great balance between being a capable 4×4 Pickup and a vehicle that looks striking on the road, and that’s what makes it such a compelling offer” Filazzola said.

The Storm pack complements an already impressive in-car technology and connectivity system that boasts an 8-inch colour touch screen, and the latest MyLink system equipped with Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto.

And for those wanting to push the vehicle to its full capacity, the largest ever range of Genuine Holden Accessories provides endless possibilities.

Storm Special Edition – $2,000 premium over 4×4 LTZ Crew Cab Pickup

  • Heated leather seats
  • Polished Nudge Bar with integrated front parking sensors
  • Accessory cup holders
  • Colorado Branded Bonnet Protector
  • Storm Badges (Rear Doors)
  • Carpet Floor Mats (Front and Rear)

LTZ colours available:

  • Power Blue
  • Nitrate
  • Summir White
  • Mineral Black
  • Aboslute Red
  • Auburn Brown
  • Satin Steel Grey

Interior trim- Jet Black

Early Christmas for Toyota Fortuner Buyers

  • Toyota underlines its commitment to value
  • Price reductions of at least $5,000
  • All grades receive added features

Toyota has embarked on an early Christmas for buyers of its seven-seat Fortuner range by adding features while cutting prices by a minimum of $5,000*.

The emphatic price realignment comes as Toyota ramps up the style and convenience of Fortuner while maintaining its impressive off-road performance.

Prices for the range now start at $42,590* – a reduction of $5,400 or 11.25 per cent – and all but the top-of-the-line Crusade are now priced below $50,000.

The most-affordable GX variants have been improved with smart-looking 17-inch alloy wheels (replacing same-size steel wheels) and gain the convenience of rear parking sensors.

Mid-range GXL is now equipped with satellite navigation#, Toyota Link## connected mobility and digital radio+ – all operated via a seven-inch display audio screen.

Despite the new features, GXL prices have been reduced by $5,500 or more than 10 per cent. For added luxury, buyers of automatic GXL can opt for a dark brown leather-accented interior, which includes power-operated driver and front-passenger seats.

At the top of the range, the Crusade is now fitted with a premium 11-speaker JBL audio system, heated and eight-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats and LED instead of halogen fog lamps.

Pricing for Crusade – now available exclusively with an automatic transmission – is down by $5,000.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing said Fortuner’s enhanced equipment levels would meet the expectations of people seeking a rugged off-roader with the comfort and style of an SUV.

“Fortuner’s updates are based on specific feedback from our dealers and our guests, reflecting Toyota’s commitment to continuous improvement,” Mr Cramb said.

“The added features further boost the appeal of Fortuner, which is recognised for offering the space, comfort, convenience and quality of an SUV while delighting owners with its prodigious off-road ability,” he said.

Fortuner has a strong Australian DNA with its unique body, wiring and key underpinnings having been designed or extensively developed and evaluated by Toyota’s local engineers.

The rugged frame, high-torque engine, all-coil suspension and strong upper body have been proven in Australia under the world’s toughest conditions – on tarmac and off the beaten track.

In addition to its prodigious off-road ability, Fortuner delivers the compliant ride, interior space, convenient features and premium quality expected in a modern SUV.

Fortuner is the turbo-diesel alternative to the similar-size petrol-only Kluger and offers an affordable choice for those who aspire to own a LandCruiser.

It is powered by a high-torque 2.8-litre four-cylinder common-rail direct-injection turbo-diesel engine with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Maximum power is 130kW and peak torque is 450Nm for the automatic and 420Nm for the manual. Braked towing capacity^ is 3,000kg for manual and 2,800kg^ for auto variants.

Fortuner uses just 7.8 litres/100km^^ for the manual, providing a theoretical range of more than 1,000km from the 80-litre fuel tank. Fuel consumption with the auto is 8.6 litres/100km^^.

Fortuner’s seven seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. The 60/40 split-fold second-row seat has a one-touch slide and tumble feature while the 50/50 third-row seats are stowable.

Cargo capacity ranges from 200 litres to 1,080 litres when packed to the top of the seat backs.

Standard equipment also includes durable fabric seat-coverings, projector-style headlamps, LED tail-lamps, an air-conditioned cool box, Bluetooth® connectivity, six speakers, three 12V accessory sockets, audio and phone controls mounted on the steering wheel, eco and power drive modes and a multi-information display (MID) in the instrument cluster.

Additional features in GXL include keyless smart entry and start, roof rails, reverse parking sensors, fog lamps, colour MID, privacy glass and downhill assist control.

Manual versions have Toyota’s innovative “intelligent” system that matches engine revolutions to transmission speed for smooth shifting. Auto variants have paddle shifters.

Crusade has expanded luxury features including a leather-accented interior (fawn or dark brown), power tailgate, climate-control air-conditioning, bi-LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels (including the spare), 220V socket and a power-operated driver’s seat.

 A comprehensive range of Toyota Genuine Accessories is available including airbag-compatible bull bars, towbar and load distribution hitch. Development of accessories was undertaken in parallel with the vehicle and tested rigorously under local conditions – a level of integration unmatched by the aftermarket.
Fortuner is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at a maximum of $240 per service.

FORTUNER PRICES*

GRADE PRICE CHANGE
GX manual $42,590 $5,400
GX auto $44,590 $5,400
GXL manual $47,490 $5,500
GXL auto $49,490 $5,500
Crusade auto $56,990 $5,000

Options:
Premium paint (all grades) $550
Premium interior (GXL) $2,500

  • Australian customers will be able to choose between the new plug-in hybrid electric models as well as V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines.
  • New plug-in electric-petrol powertrain elevates the serene comfort of Land Rover’s flagship SUV:
  • Total power/torque output: 297kW/640Nm
  • Combined NEDC fuel economy: 2.8 l/100km
  • Combined NEDC CO2 emissions: 64g/km
  • Electric-only range (NEDC): 51km
  • Rapid charging time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Elegant and intuitive Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with twin high-definition touchscreen controls is a digital butler fit for the 21st Century
  • New 416kW Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic mixes sumptuous interior with V8 supercharged performance (0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds)
  • Australian deliveries from March, 2018
  • Priced from $190, 000 + ORC.

More than ever, Range Rover represents the pinnacle of luxury travel, making every journey a treasured experience whether driving or being driven.
Conceived nearly 50 years ago for the country set to use on the estate and then drive to the townhouse, Range Rover has continuously evolved to lead the world around it, remaining the peerless luxury SUV.

Today technology drives the new Range Rover’s next major step, with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain providing sustainable luxury with new levels of efficiency and capability complementing its refinement and desirability. The exterior design has evolved, while heightened comfort and new consumer technologies have been added to the cabin.

“The new 2018 Range Rover takes our luxury SUV to new heights, delivering enhanced refinement, luxury and all-terrain capability. The new PHEV powertrain isn’t simply a no-compromise solution – it builds on the traditions of our flagship SUV and delivers heightened refinement and comfort with impressive performance and efficiency.”
Matthew Wiesner, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Australia

Comfort-enhancing functions transform the travelling experience for the driver and passengers. The front seats feature 24-way movement thanks to the new seat frames, with wider and deeper foams as well as heated arm rests. In the rear a completely redesigned cabin and seating layout create a tranquil sanctuary with no compromise to the rear load space.

If you’re working while being driven, up to 17 connection points including domestic plug sockets, USB, HDMI and 12-volt are all available; 4G Wi-Fi hotspots for up to eight devices and convenient storage are all designed for the business traveller. The cabin is tailored for relaxation with luxurious seats offering 25 massage programmes thanks to Hot Stone massage technology within the seat backs.

Wider, softer seats offer sumptuous comfort. Reclining by up to 40 degrees, they make the most of the additional 186mm legroom (now 1,206mm in total) and can be deployed at the touch of button. The exemplary comfort extends to heated and cooled seats, plus heated arm, foot and calf rests. For additional convenience and personalisation, all seat functionality can be controlled via a smartphone app, whether inside or outside the vehicle.

Our customers are very clear about what they want from any new Range Rover. ‘Don’t change it, just make it better,’ they tell us, so everything we’ve done has been about enhancing our flagship SUV. After nearly 50 years the fourth generation Range Rover is the finest so far, ensuring the original luxury SUV remains the choice for discerning customers the world over.
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover

The elegance of the interior has been elevated by the seamless integration of the most advanced infotainment system yet created by Jaguar Land Rover. Touch Pro Duo, codenamed ‘Blade’, combines two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens on the centre console working in perfect harmony. Information can be swiped from one screen to the other, making the layout highly intuitive and engaging to operate, with unrivalled functionality.

Following the introduction of the new Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) last week, Jaguar Land Rover’s ICE to ACE journey continues, moving from conventional internal combustion engines to autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles.

The efficient new Range Rover P400e provides sustainable performance by combining a 221kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 85kW electric motor. The 297kW total available power output – available through the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 220km/h.

With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the new powertrain combines to deliver dynamic performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

Thanks to its electrified powertrain, the Range Rover P400e emits only 64g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and provides an all-electric range of up to 51km without the Ingenium petrol engine running. For the first time, customers choosing Land Rover’s flagship SUV can experience zero-emission driving.

The P400e provides whisper-quiet refinement with uncompromised off-road capability as well as enabling entry into areas with restrictions for air quality, including most congestion charging zones.

Drivers of the new PHEV model can choose from two driving modes:

  • Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:
    • SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level
    • Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system enables the feature, which utilises in built GPS altitude data for the selected route, to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy
  • EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero-emission journeys

The powertrain’s precision and control make for serene progress in all conditions and across all terrains. Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology has a unique calibration to intelligently and precisely distribute torque from the electric motor, which has no creep speed and is able to deliver maximum torque from zero rpm, to all four wheels. This gives greater control during low-speed off-road manoeuvres, confirming Range Rover’s outstanding breadth of effortless capability.

When rapid charging the 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32 amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard. The Range Rover’s battery is covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile, 70 per cent state of health warranty.

The Range Rover 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85kW electric motor housed in the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the centre of the vehicle alongside the 7kW on-board charger. The access point for the cable is at the front of the vehicle, while the prismatic cell lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor. The P400e is available in both standard and long wheelbase body styles.

The new Range Rover has been enhanced with further technologies for greater comfort and convenience:

  • Gesture sunblind: opened and closed by an advanced gesture control system that senses an occupant’s hand movement. All it takes to open the blind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear view mirror, and forwards to close
  • Air Cabin Ionisation: uses nano-sized charged water particles to cleanse and purify the air for enhanced passenger wellbeing
  • Pixel-laser LED headlights: advanced technology is brighter and yet intelligently blanks sections of LEDs to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers
  • Activity key: customers can securely lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a conventional key fob

To experience tailored Range Rover luxury and performance in its most dynamic form, customers can now savour the enhanced SVAutobiography Dynamic – the most powerful production Range Rover to date. The output from its V8 supercharged petrol engine is up to 416kW (a 12kW increase), which delivers 0-100km/h in only 5.4 seconds. Striking design revisions include an exclusive Graphite Atlas mesh grille design with chrome inserts and a revised rear bumper with integrated metal tailpipe finishers.

Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility and is available to order now, with first deliveries from the end of 2017 (market dependent).